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  Cowboys | Sean Lee likely to take part in practice    Fri May 22, 06:04 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) has been cleared to practice and is expected to participate in organized team activities next week.

Footballguys view: Getting Lee back on the field could provide a huge boost for the Cowboys defense. We'll see the Cowboys ease Lee back into action as he gets back into the swing of things.

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  Falcons | Joplo Bartu avoids suspension    Thu May 21, 07:14 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Joplo Bartu was fined $50,000 for an alcohol-related offense after a two-game suspension was rescinded, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Footballguys view: Bartu started 27 games over the last two years, but he will have to fight for a roster spot in 2015 due to the additions the Falcons made this offseason.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman had scheduled day off    Thu May 21, 07:06 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman didn't practice Thursday, May 21, as he had a scheduled day off. Bowman is still working his way back from last season's knee injury.

Footballguys view: We'll see Bowman with more of these days off in the future. The team doesn't need to rush him back at the cost of re-aggravating his injury.

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Navorro Bowman player page


  Patriots | Brandon Spikes signed    Thu May 21, 11:05 AM

Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Bills) has re-signed with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $2 million through on-field incentives.

Footballguys view: He'll rotate in for the Patriots, but ultimately his overall impact will likely be small, assuming his stays on the roster past training camp.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman looking great    Fri May 15, 07:09 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) has made a strong return to the practice field in early workouts after missing all of last year with a knee injury. Bowman has been able to take part in all workouts from the team's first offseason practice. 'Bowman's looking great,' head coach Jim Tomsula said. 'Bow looks great. I'd say we're more treating Bow like a vet than we're treating Bow like a post-injury guy right now.' Bowman and LB Michael Wilhoite are projected to be the starting inside linebackers.

Footballguys view: Bowman is one of the last holdovers from the defense that went to the Super Bowl, and the 49ers are going to need him to play like his old self to avoid the cellar in the NFC West. He's a boom/bust IDP LB right now in both redraft and dynasty, but lots of tackle opportunity should be there.

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Navorro Bowman player page
Michael Wilhoite player page


  Lions | Stephen Tulloch to participate in OTAs?    Wed May 13, 05:09 PM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) plans to be ready for organized team activities later this month. Tulloch is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but said he'll start running more in a couple weeks.

Footballguys view: He can return to OTAs soon, but the team doesn't want him to celebrate anything. Tulloch was injured celebrating a sack last year, and now he's going to be eased back in during OTAs. He'll be near 100 percent at the start of the regular season if the recovery goes as planned.

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  Eagles | Philly made big push for Marcus Mariota    Fri May 1, 12:51 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles offered the Tennessee Titans two first-round picks, one third-round pick, DT Fletcher Cox, CB Brandon Boykin, LB Mychal Kendricks and QB Sam Bradford in exchange for the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Chip Kelly tried as hard as he could, but it's difficult to move up from the 20th spot to 2nd overall. We'll see how Mariota works out with the Titans as he seems to be a bit of an odd fit. In Philadelphia, we would have been much more excited about Mariota's pro prospects.

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Brandon Boykin player page
Mychal Kendricks player page


  Eagles | Making big offer for No. 1 or No. 2    Thu Apr 30, 08:06 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles are willing to trade two first-round picks, a third-round pick, DT Fletcher Cox, CB Brandon Boykin, LB Mychal Kendricks and possibly other things in order to acquire the first or second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: It wasn't enough. It seems insane that the Titans didn't pull the trigger on that trade, but they took Marcus Mariota. He's a great prospect so you can't blame him but that's a lot of talent left on the table.

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Brandon Boykin player page
Mychal Kendricks player page


  49ers | NaVorro Bowman back at practice    Wed Apr 29, 04:13 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) participated in voluntary minicamp Tuesday, April 28. It was Bowman's first practice since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in the 2014 NFC Championship against the Seattle Seahawks.

Footballguys view: Bowman's injury has been one that forces us to ask if he'll ever be the same. The retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland have been devastating for a 49ers LB corps that needs a healthy Bowman.

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  Colts | Jerrell Freeman signs tender    Mon Apr 27, 09:55 AM

Indianapolis Colts LB Jerrell Freeman signed his restricted free-agent tender Monday, April 27.

Footballguys view: Freeman had held off signing his tender as he wanted a new long-term deal with the Colts. The deadline to sign his tender is Friday, and Freeman had no leverage as zero teams showed interest in signing him away.

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  Patriots | Jerod Mayo a rarity for New England    Sat Apr 25, 08:18 PM

New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo was drafted in the top 10 of the NFL Draft in 2008, making him one of just two players drafted in the top 10 in head coach Bill Belichick's 15 seasons with the team.

Footballguys view: Yes. A history lesson here....and that's about it. The Patriots are usually drafting at the end...or near the end...of the first round because they play deep into the playoffs most seasons.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly's option picked up    Sat Apr 25, 07:08 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly's fifth-year option was exercised Saturday, April 25. Kuechly will make $11.1 million in 2016.

Footballguys view: The biggest no-brainer decision in the history of the planet.

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  Eagles | Philly pursuing Marcus Mariota?    Fri Apr 24, 05:54 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota could be selected by the Philadelphia Eagles if the team could make trades with the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans, according to one draft rumor.

Footballguys view: Of course they're looking to add Mariota. The rumor states the Eagles would trade QB Sam Bradford to the Browns for the 19th overall pick, then the Eagles would trade DT Fletcher Cox, LB Mychal Kendricks, the 19th overall pick and the 20th overall pick to the Titans for the second overall pick where they would select Mariota.

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Sam Bradford player page
Fletcher Cox player page
Mychal Kendricks player page


  Lions | Stephen Tulloch ready    Fri Apr 24, 10:55 AM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) said he could play Thursday, April 23, if necessary, seven months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Footballguys view: Expect the Lions to take it easy on Tulloch, regardless of how he feels. We can expect some minor work during OTAs and then they'll ease him in during training camp. One would also assume they will ask him to avoid hurting himself again while celebrating.

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  Ravens | C.J. Mosley to be limited in workouts?    Thu Apr 23, 04:34 PM

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (wrist) could be limited in offseason workouts with a wrist injury. 'I'm going to do everything I can. I don't know how much physically I can do. I'm definitely going to be out on the field,' Mosley said.

Footballguys view: Mosley is a stud linebacker, and the Ravens would be wise to just take it easy on him as he recovers from this injury.

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  Ravens | C.J. Mosley expects to take part in workouts    Wed Apr 22, 12:09 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (wrist) said he plans to participate in offseason workouts even though he underwent wrist surgery earlier in the offseason.

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  Browns | Two players sign tenders    Mon Apr 20, 05:44 PM

Cleveland Browns S Johnson Bademosi and LB Craig Robertson signed their exclusive rights free-agent tenders Monday, April 20.

Footballguys view: Bademosi totaled 12 tackles in 14 games last season while Robertson made 99 tackles with two interceptions and one touchdown in all 16 games.

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  Giants | Jon Beason not fully cleared yet    Mon Apr 20, 04:54 PM

New York Giants LB Jon Beason (foot, toe) still has rehabilitation to do before he is cleared for full participation in the offseason program, but said he still feels good.

Footballguys view: Beason is a seasoned veteran who doesn't need every rep of the offseason. The Giants would be wise to take it easy on him as he continues to rehab. Beason should be ready some time in training camp.

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  Chiefs | Derrick Johnson ready for workouts    Mon Apr 20, 01:57 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') will be able to participate in offseason workouts, according to head coach Andy Reid.

Footballguys view: Getting Johnson back will be a huge boost for the Chiefs defense. They just didn't look the same without him last year, and Johnson can roam around and make plays as a run-defender or in coverage.

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  49ers | Working on new deal with Michael Wilhoite    Fri Apr 17, 04:46 PM

San Francisco 49ers exclusive rights free-agent LB Michael Wilhoite is working with the team on a new contract, according to general manager Trent Baalke.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower rehab going well    Thu Apr 16, 01:53 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is doing well in his rehab from surgery in early February on his shoulder, but he's likely to miss training camp this summer with a timetable for recovery around six to seven months. Hightower is hoping that he can be ready for the start of the regular season. 'Right now, I'm doing well. The doc likes everything he's seen. I just had my checkup. I'm right on track, if not better,' Hightower said. 'I'm not sure what I'm going to be able to do as far as OTAs and training camp and all that other stuff goes. But I'm looking forward to being back.'

Footballguys view: Hightower had surgery to repair a torn labrum and while rehab is going well, he may still miss OTAs....maybe even training camp. With Jared Mayo hurt (though he may be back sooner), things are a little thin, but the Pats don't want to rush him back.

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  Jaguars | Paul Posluszny extended    Thu Apr 16, 08:32 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny signed a one-year extension Wednesday, April 15.

Footballguys view: Not a shock as the Jaguars have to keep one of their more talented players in house, even though Posluszny struggled last season. One year isn't a huge commitment so if he can't turn it around they can cut him loose.

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  Jets | Joe Mays signs    Mon Apr 13, 04:28 PM

Free-agent LB Joe Mays (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Monday, April 13.

Footballguys view: Mays is a two-down thumper who is shot out of a cannon as a run defender. He's a liability in coverage, and there are times when he misreads the play and gets out of position as a tackler.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman expected to ready for workouts    Fri Apr 10, 04:02 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is expected to be on the field for offseason workouts, according to head coach Jim Tomsula.

Footballguys view: Bowman is one of the last key names left from the 49ers three-year run to the NFC title game and the Super Bowl form 2011-2013. If he can't come back full speed, the 49ers defense will be down to two players in common with the Super Bowl starting lineup in 2012, with Justin Smith pondering retirement and possibly reducing that number even further.

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  Jets | Joe Mays likely headed to Jets    Fri Apr 10, 10:03 AM

Free-agent LB Joe Mays (Chiefs) is likely to sign with the New York Jets by early next week, according to sources.

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  Jets | Joe Mays interests Jets    Wed Apr 8, 11:43 AM

Free-agent LB Joe Mays (Chiefs) is of interest to the New York Jets, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Mays is a two-down thumper who is shot out of a cannon against the run. He can't cover, but can be an intimidating presence on rushing downs.

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  Ravens | C.J. Mosley had surgery    Sat Apr 4, 08:48 AM

Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (wrist) underwent offseason surgery, according to league sources. The Pro Bowl linebacker is expected to make a complete recovery and should be able to participate in offseason workouts and practices.

Footballguys view: Mosley flashed playmaking ability as a rookie last year. He can hit, he can cover, and he's an intimidating player in the middle of the defense. Expect more of the same in year two.

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  Ravens | C.J. Mosley undergoes surgery    Fri Apr 3, 04:50 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (wrist) underwent surgery on his wrist this offseason, according to sources. Mosley should be able to participate in offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: Mosley flashed playmaking ability as a rookie last year. He can hit, he can cover, and he's an intimidating player in the middle of the defense. Expect more of the same in year two.

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  49ers | Nick Bellore signed    Fri Apr 3, 03:54 PM

Free-agent LB Nick Bellore (Jets) signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers Friday, April 3. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The 49ers need all the help they can get at the linebacker position. Bellore is a standout player on special teams, and that's the role he'll have in San Francisco.

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  Jets | Sign Jamari Lattimore    Wed Apr 1, 04:56 PM

Free-agent LB Jamari Lattimore (Packers) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Wednesday, April 1, according to his agent.

Footballguys view: Lattimore gives the Jets inside linebacker depth, and he can be counted on as a good player for their special teams squad.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman to return this season    Wed Apr 1, 03:47 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) will return in 2015 after missing all of the 2014 season with a knee injury. Head coach Jim Tomsula said Bowman is progressing well during the rehabilitation process.

Footballguys view: Good news for the 49ers here. Bowman will be able to participate in rehabilitation at a team facility with San Francisco staff members.

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  Cowboys | Rolando McClain re-signs with Dallas    Wed Apr 1, 08:26 AM

Free-agent LB Rolando McClain re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal worth $3 million.

Footballguys view: McClain turned his career around last year with the Cowboys. He worked well as a run-stuffer, and he also showed that he could cover. McClain can also earn $1 million in playing time incentives.

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  49ers | Desmond Bishop re-signs    Tue Mar 31, 05:19 PM

Free-agent LB Desmond Bishop (49ers) re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, March 31. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Bishop could have a chance for some playing time on special teams. He played in only two games last year for the 49ers, recording two tackles. The veteran linebacker gives the 49ers depth at a position they're short-handed in.

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  Chiefs | Derrick Johnson likely to stay    Tue Mar 31, 02:37 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') and DE Mike DeVito (Achilles') are both pushing each other in their rehabs from torn Achilles' tendons. Both players also have a year left on their contracts. DeVito agreed to a pay cut that dropped his salary to $2.9 million. Johnson has a salary cap number of $5.2 million, and the Chiefs are only around $2.85 million under the 2015 cap. Kansas City could create more room by releasing Johnson, but the Chiefs are expected to hang onto him.

Footballguys view: Johnson can clean up as a run-stuffer if healthy. The Chiefs would be wise to keep him around even though his cap number is a bit higher than they perhaps would like it to be.

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Mike DeVito player page


  Patriots | Rolando McClain leaves without contract    Mon Mar 30, 07:44 PM

Free-agent LB Rolando McClain (Cowboys) had a positive meeting with the New England Patriots Monday, March 30, but left without a contract.

Footballguys view: McClain revamped his pro career last season with the Dallas Cowboys. They've been lowballing him so far this offseason, but this meeting with the Patriots might prompt the Cowboys to make a better offer. McClain played 606 defensive snaps in 2014, with 119 coming on third down.

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  Eagles | DeMeco Ryans to be ready for camp    Mon Mar 30, 04:57 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles') said he will be ready for training camp in July after coming back from his second torn Achilles' tendon since 2010.

Footballguys view: He will likely skip the organized team activities and minicamp, however. Ryans said he is right on schedule in his rehab after missing the final nine games of 2014.

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  Vikings | Have shown interest in Brandon Spikes    Sun Mar 29, 09:49 AM

Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Bills) has received interest from the Minnesota Vikings, but the two sides have not been able to agree on financial terms.

Footballguys view: Spikes is still a two-down thumper who arrives at the ball with natural violence. The Bills are interested in bringing him back, but the price needs to be right. If he's getting interest from the Vikings, then Spikes' price tag could go higher than what Buffalo is willing to pay.

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  49ers | Desmond Bishop to visit    Sun Mar 29, 09:40 AM

Free-agent LB Desmond Bishop (49ers) is scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers Monday, March 30, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Bishop played in two games for the 49ers last year. He's bounced around to three different teams since the Packers selected him in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft.

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  Bills | Would like Brandon Spikes back    Sat Mar 28, 02:12 AM

Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Bills) would have a home with the Buffalo Bills once again, as general manager Doug Whaley expressed interest in bringing Spikes back.

Footballguys view: The Bills made this clear at the scouting combine earlier this year. Nigel Bradham and Preston Brown can be penciled in as starters in Rex Ryan's 3-4, and behind them are unproven the Ty Powell, Randell Johnson, and Jimmy Gaines. Spikes would be an upgrade over those three, and he could be brought back if the price is right.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower to miss several months    Thu Mar 26, 07:52 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) will miss six to seven months after undergoing surgery on a torn right labrum.

Footballguys view: Hightower's availability for the beginning of the regular season could now be in jeopardy. We could see the Patriots decide to put him on the PUP list to begin the season. If that happens, Hightower would be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. After that time, the Patriots would have three weeks to decide whether or not to activate Hightower or put him on season-ending Injured Reserve.

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  Buccaneers | Danny Lansanah signs tender    Thu Mar 26, 05:36 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Danny Lansanah signed his one-year tender Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: As an exclusive rights free agent, Lansanah didn't have much of a choice but to sign his tender. Lansanah played in 16 games last season, recording 81 tackles, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

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  Lions | Stephen Tulloch will start    Thu Mar 26, 11:12 AM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) will be the starting middle linebacker when he is able to return from his torn anterior cruciate ligament. Tulloch is making good progress in his rehab but may sit out offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: The Lions need to firm the middle up with the departure of Ndamukong Suh and have to hope that Tulloch is indeed fully healed and doesn't celebrate himself into another injury.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall slowly healing    Tue Mar 24, 09:23 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (foot) is still recovering from a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot, and he might not be available until the start of training camp. LBs Lamin Barrow, Todd Davis, Steven Johnson, Corey Nelson and Reggie Walker will see plenty of time during the offseason program with Marshall on the shelf.

Footballguys view: Marshall was a standout player for the Broncos last year, but he did get a little banged up. This year, in the new 3-4 defense, Marshall will be counted on to lead the team in tackles from the ILB (SAM) position.

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Brandon Marshall player page


  Broncos | Danny Trevathan still recovering    Tue Mar 24, 09:21 PM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) continues to recover from two fractures in his left knee. He might not be available until training camp. LBs Lamin Barrow, Todd Davis, Steven Johnson, Corey Nelson and Reggie Walker will see plenty of time during the offseason program with Trevathan on the mend.

Footballguys view: The multiple knee injuries are a concern for Trevathan. He'll play ILB (BOW) this year for the Broncos, and Trevathan will be facing a lot of traffic in the team's new 3-4 defense. He'll need to stay healthy this year.

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  Vikings | Casey Matthews signs    Tue Mar 24, 06:24 PM

Free-agent LB Casey Matthews (Eagles) agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 24. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Matthews can help the Vikings as an outside linebacker, inside linebacker and special teams player. After getting burned at multiple positions, needless to say Eagles fans will not be missing Matthews in 2015.

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  Bears | Mason Foster agrees to deal    Tue Mar 24, 06:06 PM

Free-agent LB Mason Foster (Buccaneers) has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 24, according to Foster's agent.

Footballguys view: This took long enough! Foster to the Bears was predicted weeks ago, but the two sides had to work out contract details. He separated his shoulder early in 2014 with the Bucs, only to return and strain his Achilles' later on. According to reports, Foster is fully healthy now.

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  Vikings | Casey Matthews visits    Tue Mar 24, 04:38 PM

Free-agent LB Casey Matthews (Eagles) visited with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 24, according to a source.

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  Texans | Akeem Dent re-signs    Tue Mar 24, 03:25 PM

Houston Texans LB Akeem Dent re-signed to an undisclosed contract Tuesday, March 24.

Footballguys view: Dent came to the Texans last year in the trade for QB T.J. Yates. He suffered a high-ankle sprain last year that limited his playing time.

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  Cowboys | Not ruling out Rolando McClain return    Tue Mar 24, 11:42 AM

Free-agent LB Rolando McClain (Cowboys) remains on the radar for the Dallas Cowboys, according to Dallas head coach Jason Garrett and vice president Stephen Jones Monday, March 23. The two sides have had no progress in contract talks.

Footballguys view: McClain was a bust early in his career, but he didn't play poorly for the Cowboys last year. We believe McClain staying with Dallas is best for both sides.

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  Buccaneers | Plan to use Bruce Carter in the middle    Mon Mar 23, 11:53 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Bruce Carter will be lined up as a middle linebacker, general manager Jason Licht said Monday, March 23.

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